Joe Beimel set to leave Rockies for Pirates

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Joe Beimel told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s leaving the Rockies to sign with the Pirates.

Beimel had an offer to return to Colorado and Baltimore was at least one other team willing to give him a minor-league contract, but the left-handed reliever lives near Pittsburgh and also pitched for Pirates manager Clint Hurdle when they were together with the Rockies in 2009.

Beimel has posted an ERA under 4.00 in five straight seasons despite some sub par strikeout-to-walk ratios, including a 3.40 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 45 innings for the Rockies last year, and the 34-year-old southpaw held left-handed hitters to a .692 OPS during the past three seasons.

UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Beimel agreed to a minor-league contract with the Pirates.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.